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What is etanercept?

Etanercept is a type of anti-TNF (anti-tumour necrosis factor). It reduces inflammation. Read more >

How do I take etanercept and how long does it take to work?

Etanercept is usually given as a subcutaneous injection once or twice a week. If you respond to it you’ll probably feel better in 2–12 weeks. Read more >

What are the possible side-effects of etanercept?

The most common side-effects of etanercept are reactions at the injection site (usually redness and sometimes itching), a blocked or runny nose, nausea, mild fever, headaches, dizziness, a rash and stomach problems. It can also make you more likely to develop infections.

You should tell your doctor straight away if you develop any new symptoms, and you should stop taking the drug and see your doctor immediately if you have any symptoms of infection, if you haven’t had chickenpox and you come into contact with someone who has chickenpox or shingle, or if you develop chickenpox or shingles.

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